Moraine Lake

 Some of my earliest memories of visiting scenic places dates back to my childhood in 1986, when my parents and I vacationed in the Canadian Rockies. I’ve visited many of the greatest sights in the U.S. since then but nothing ever really compared in my mind to what I saw in Canada as a kid …

Pfeiffer Falls

 The last Big Sur waterfall I photographed made it onto the cover of Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel Magazine so I figured I’d try my luck on another one this time. While not as dramatic as McWay Falls, Pfeiffer Falls is beautiful in its’ own right. To get to Pfeiffer Falls, we had to hike up …

Bixby Creek Bridge

 Bixby Creek Bridge Overlook is one of the most famous postcard scenes in the world and for good reason. I can’t imagine driving down Big Sur and not stopping here. I’ve always wanted to photograph a sunset here and tried to on this trip but the horizon was blocked up by clouds at sunset so …

Pacific Grove

 Pacific Grove is one of the most scenic towns on the California coast. Though I had been there a number of times in my life, I had never visited during the spring months until now. The entire coastline was lined with these purple flowers and carpeted with bright pink flowers. I definitely want to go …

Unplug Your Life

 I have a confession: I do not own a smartphone anymore. I work in front of a computer enough as is, both out of necessity to earn a living but also for fun.  The side effect of this is that it makes me value my real life even more so I don’t want to waste …

The Best Hikes

 The best hikes are the ones that offer the most solitude. I had been to the Santa Rosa Plateau once before to photograph the Vernal Pools, but that trail is so popular that it was more of a zoo-like environment there. This time (a week ago) since there was no water at the Vernal Pools …

Sedona Scenic Landscape

 This is the local Sedona icon trophy photo. In my three visits, I’ve never been blessed with good light so I just make do with what’s available. Though the Cathedral Rocks are featured on every postcard rack in Arizona I still was surprised by how many photographers were out here even in the dreary late …

West Fork Oak Creek Canyon

 The West Fork Oak Creek Canyon trail was one of the places I went to during my first visit to Arizona in January 2003. I thought it was a very interesting location with potential so I had always wanted to visit again. My first visit was a bit difficult to navigate since the creek was …

First and Last Man Standing

 If you’re a regular follower of my blog, you probably know that I’m scared of heights. So while the Grand Canyon is one of the amazing places on this planet, I’ve never really been able to enjoy it in the past because I never enjoyed looking over into the canyon. Whatever mental hurdles I previously …